Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
Money | By Wilma Wheeler

Yellow Vests leader: Fuel tax moratorium is crumbs, we want the baguette

Yellow Vests leader: Fuel tax moratorium is crumbs, we want the baguette

The prince of diesel, which is the most used fuel in French cars, has increased by around 23 percent over the previous year.

"No tax is worth putting the nation's unity in danger", he said.

What has the prime minister said?

"Trump also retweeted a false claim from American conservative student activist Charlie Kirk that said: "'We want Trump' being chanted through the streets of Paris".

"There are riots in socialist France because of radical leftist fuel taxes".

The six month-suspension announcement did nothing to quell the anger. He also announced that electricity and natural gas prices will not increase before May 2019.

The price hikes are the result of France's effort to reduce carbon emissions by 40 percent in the next 12 years-but the reaction from protesters suggests intense anger across the country as low-income households have bore the burden of the green initiative, adding to the untenable cost of living for many, while the rich have been given generous tax cuts.

"The French want the whole baguette, not just the crumbs", he said.

French President Emmanuel Macron has scrapped a fuel tax rise amid fears of new violence, after weeks of nationwide protests and the worst rioting in Paris in decades.

Trump's tweet relates the French conflict to worldwide disparity between nations in the Paris agreement, and the move to raise taxes was in fact part of Macron's commitment to that agreement, but neither the conflict nor the temporary truce were based on a disparity between nations, but rather on the domestic policy issue of raising taxes and the disparate impact the particular tax would have on the working class.

Burned cars litter the streets of Paris following Saturday's unrest
Image Burned cars litter the streets of Paris following Saturday's unrest

A protester wearing a yellow vest, the symbol of a French drivers' protest against higher diesel fuel prices, holds a flag near burning debris at the approach to the A2 Paris-Brussels Motorway, in Fontaine-Notre-Dame, France, December 4, 2018.

The "yellow vest" protests have blocked highways and fuel depots around the country, causing headaches for businesses and fuel shortages in some regions.

When he was elected past year, his economic reform was meant to improve the lives of French people through lower unemployment and a kick-started economy. The former investment banker, who has pushed pro-business economic reforms to make France more globally competitive, is accused of being the "president of the rich" and of being estranged from the working classes.

Media captionFrance fuel protests: Who are the people in the yellow vests?

Mouraud said each of the disparate protesting groups will decide what to do next, but many will probably keep protesting.

Macron, for his part, visited a regional government headquarters that was torched by protesters, but he did not speak to reporters.

The protests and u-turn of the tax have shown Mr Macron has struggled to achieve most of what he promised, according to Politico.

Macron had asked political leaders to meet the protest organizers this week.

The movement does not seem to be led by a known labor leader or opposition politician.

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